Re: Browning Shortrac help
Don't know that it's ever been done, but the idea has run through my head also. I imagine it would be cost prohibitive but what an awesome rifle it would make. Browning could really cash in on the LR (Tacti-Kool) craze if they would screwa longer, fluted, varmint profile barrel on that semi-automatic. I would actually consider buying one. Probably have to take out a 2nd mortage.
Just an FYI: My dad being a southpaw, shot pump shotguns and lever action rifles most of his life. He purchased one of the first Model 81 Browning BLR in .243 Win. He evenually shot the factory barrel (20") out and through much letter writing (pre-internet) found a company in Texas that would replace the barrel on his BLR. It was none other than McGowen Barrels and this was before they moved their operation to Kalispell, Montana.
They fitted the rifle with a CM 26" Varmint-sporter profile barrel and it shot and looked extremely good when my Dad first received it. I remember he expressed a desire to get a faster twist (1-8) .243 but I think McGowen only had the standard twist at the time (1-9.25 or 1-10). I haven't done a lot with it since he passed away, but I sill have it.
Anyway, there's something to ponder. Wish my Dad was here. JohnnyK.